THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 98
…Attention everyone, I would like to propose a toast… raise your glasses as I salute our Director Roy Crippen and Channel 13’s own Francine Bouchette!”…
Separately and together, she and he play it oh-so-kool, willing to allow randomness to take its course.
To anyone with two eyes and a television, they had been captured on video holding hands; the tension is thick and juicy.
Whispers:“Why aren’t they talking?” “I thought they liked each other.” “At least they can talk to each other.”
In-house wagering is going on among the adults, “I have 50 bucks that says they will not talk.. any takers?” Just one of the side bets.
The master of ceremonies Braden takes matters in his own hands, “Attention everyone, before Deke & Gus open their gifts, and I take the ribs off the grill, I would like to propose a toast… raise your glasses as I salute the two real celebrities among us—my apologies to any movie stars or sitting Presidents—To our Director Roy Crippen and Channel 13’s own Francine Bouchette!”
“C-H-E-E-R-S! Here – here! Salud!” come from all around from every side as the toasted make their way forward.
Whispers (he & she):“There are lots of people here.” “Yes there are and so many gifts.” “I didn’t expect to see you here.” “I had to file that story, I hope you know that.” “Of course you did, and I imagine my impulsiveness caught you off guard.”
“Had I known you were engaged that would have never happened,” counters Roy.
“You were every bit the gentleman and I did not offer any résistance.”
“I am in some hot water over this whole mess, maybe you should keep your distance.”
“Do you think I’m worried about my association with you? Bring it on fools!”
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